Kuala Lumpur/Jakarta - Malaysia has apologised to Indonesia over the upside down printing of the Indonesian flag in a souvenir guidebook handed out at the opening of the Southeast Asian Games. The mistake, spotted at the opening of the games in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, on Saturday sparked an outcry in Indonesia and the hashtag #ShameonyouMalaysia was trending on social media. Indonesian President Joko Widodo told reporters in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, the incident concerned "national pride", and had called for an apology. Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi also expressed dismay, posting pictures of the mistake on his Twitter account. "It was a good opening ceremony but spoiled by this fatal negligence that was very painful," he said. His Malaysian counterpart, Khairy Jamaluddin, tweeted an apology. "There was no malice intended," Khairy said. Khairy was expected to meet Indonesia's delegation to formally apologise on Sunday. Indonesia's flag has two horizontal bands with red on the top and white underneath. Turning it upside down, makes it look like Poland's flag. The Malaysian Organising Committee also apologised saying it had been "an inadvertent error". The flag blunder was the latest in a series of embarrassing incidents at the regional sports meet. Last week, a bus driver ferrying the Myanmar women's football team was arrested on suspicion of stealing a watch and for not possessing a driver's license.
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Kuala Lumpur - Singapore's Olympic champion Joseph Schooling has apologised to Malaysians for saying he was going to teach their swimmers a lesson at the South East Asian Games, which opened on Saturday in Kuala Lumpur. The 22-year-old, who won the city-state's first Olympic gold in the 100 metres butterfly in Rio last year, had told local media it would be "nice to go to Malaysia's backyard and teach them a thing or two". "If I offended anyone, I do apologise... that wasn't my intention," Schooling said on his arrival in the Malaysian capital on Saturday. "I'm really sorry for my comments and I definitely didn't mean it that way." Schooling won nine gold medals at the last SEA Games in Singapore two years ago but will race in fewer events this year. "I'll do my best in all of them. I'm just going to do my best and let the outcome speak for itself. We have two days to prepare so hopefully we'll put on a good performance in the Games," he added. "It's definitely not like training for me. Every race, my dad likes to say race fast, and that actually holds a lot of ground. There are a lot of great swimmers in the South East Asian region so I gotta be the best as I can to make my country proud." The 29th version of the biennial SEA Games will continue until Aug 30.
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confirmed Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner’s disbelief - Selangor will remain as the only state government that has not embraced the anti-corruption pledge. Iskandar asserts that Selangor has more effective methods of preventing corruption in place, and believes that these efforts are “better than such a pledge”, The Star reports. According to Free Malaysia Today (FMT), to combat corruption, the Selangor government has made it mandatory for all state executive council members and state government subsidiaries to pledge that they have no conflicts of interest at council meetings. Despite Selangor’s decision to abstain from the anti-corruption pledge, Selangor's Chief Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali maintains that Selangor supports the MACC’s efforts to combat corruption. On Thursday, MACC's Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad said he had read about Selangor's refusal to sign the pledge. When asked to comment on the matter, his response was simply: “My comment is, I am speechless".